A kennel is a facility that accepts impounded, stray, abandoned, or owner-surrendered cats and dogs. This includes humane societies, rescue organizations and impound facilities. Any person who operates a kennel where dogs or cats are kept, congregated or confined, must be licensed with the Board of Animal Health if the dogs or cats were obtained from municipalities, pounds, auctions, or by advertising for unwanted dogs or cats, or dogs or cats strayed, abandoned, or stolen (Minnesota Statutes 347.34).
This requirement does not apply to (1) a pound owned and operated by any political subdivision of the state, (2) a person’s home where dogs or cats are kept as pets, or (3) a veterinarian licensed to practice in the state of Minnesota who keeps, congregates, or confines dogs or cats in the normal pursuit of the practice of veterinary medicine.
Licensing requirements under this statute do not apply to training and boarding facilities, animal day care facilities, groomers, or your own personal pets. Please contact your city and county to ensure compliance with local ordinances.
To obtain a kennel license, the owner must submit a license application to the Board of Animal Health along with a check for $15.00 to cover the annual license fee. The kennel must then be inspected by the Board of Animal Health to verify compliance with the requirements specified in Minnesota Statutes 347.31 to 347.40 and Minnesota rules 1721.0520.
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Kennel Import Regulations
Dogs and cats originating from an adjacent state and entering a kennel licensed by the Board do not require a CVI or current rabies vaccination if the following conditions are met:
- The kennel has a written contract with the city from which the dog or cat originated that specifies the terms under which the kennel accepts and houses stray, abandoned, or impounded animals for the city.
- Dogs and cats are held in a nonpublic area until they can be examined by a licensed veterinarian.
- A licensed veterinarian examines the dog or cat within 48 hours of entry into the state and records the date and results of the examination in the kennel records.
- A dog or cat that shows signs of infectious, contagious, or communicable disease is returned to the state of origin, held in a nonpublic area until released by the veterinarian, or euthanized.
- A dog or cat three months of age or older originating outside the state must be currently vaccinated for rabies before being discharged from the facility.
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